Short Residency on Social Justice/Southeast Asia

The Justice in Southeast Asia Lab (JSEALab) hosts a  visiting scholar or practitioner based in Southeast Asia working on questions of social justice, broadly-conceived, to spend time at UW-Madison for a short residency every year.  The individual selected will visit UW to meet with colleagues, use library resources, and have a brief period of time for their own work. While at UW, they will be asked to give one public lecture, which will also be recorded for wider dissemination. An honorarium of 4000 USD (subject to taxation) will be provided; these funds may be supplemented with the individual’s own funds.


Call for Applications: 2024 Scholar-in-Residence!

Application can be found here:

FAQ about Short Residency on Social Justice/Southeast Asia:

Q: Who is eligible?

A: A scholar or practitioner either based at an institution in Southeast Asia or working independently in Southeast Asia working on social justice. You should have a relevant terminal degree for your field; current students are not eligible.

Q: How long is the residency?

A: This is up to the individual to decide. UW-Madison will provide visa assistance and a $4000 honorarium (before taxes) to assist with costs; you may supplement the honorarium with other sources of funding.

Q: How many people will be selected?

A: One per academic year.

Q: How do I apply?

A: Complete the application form here.

Q: When are applications due?

A: 27 November  2023

Q: When will a decision be made?

A: 15 December 2023


Additional questions, please email

Previous Scholars-in-Residence

Inaugural JSEALab Scholar-in-Residence (August-September 2023): Dr. Sol Iglesias

Dr. Sol Iglesias is the Inaugural JSEALab Scholar-in-Residence, visiting UW-Madison in August-September 2023. Dr. Iglesias is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, having joined the faculty in 2021. She has a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies and an MA in Political Science from the National University of Singapore, as well as an MA in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines. She won an American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Asia Program fellowship in 2021 and had been selected as an emerging scholar on democracy and autocracy by the APSA Democracy and Autocracy Committee in 2020. She was selected as a Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Fellow in 2017. She is a core group member of the Network in Defense of Historical Truth and Academic Freedom and lead author of the Philippine case in the 2022 Free to Think report of Scholars at Risk. She has published extensively on political violence in the Philippines, as well as on Philippine politics and current affairs. She is currently writing a book, How a Weak State Governs: The Dynamics of Violence in Philippine Politics, on the central-local interactions that produced violence in the democratic interregnum between the Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. dictatorship and authoritarianism under Rodrigo Duterte.

While at UW-Madison, she gave  the first Friday Forum lecture of the 2023-2024 academic year. A recording of that lecture can be watched here.